Winter can be a tough season with Christmas and New Year festivities, but if you follow the right steps you should have no problem getting back to your former physique. Here are some ways to get back fighting fit.
The holiday season is finally drawing to a close, and the time has come to shed that accumulated fat around your waistline and set your New Year’s fitness resolutions into motion. While it might seem a bit daunting after a couple of months of binge eating and couch potatoing, don’t worry, if you follow the right steps you should have no problem getting back to your former physique.
Not only that, but you will start seeing new results in no time. Here are some effective ways for you to lose stomach fat during the winter months.
Take your cardio outside
If you’re trying to lose fat, cardio training should be one of the staples of your training routine. However, rather than sticking with indoor cardio sessions, you want to take advantage of the cold weather outside to burn fat faster and improve your cardiovascular endurance.
Because of the excessive cold, your body is using more energy (burning calories) to keep your muscles, joints, and ligaments warm and fired up at all times. This will not only allow you to shed fat faster than with traditional indoor cardio but will help you avoid injuries more effectively as well.
Cut your calorie intake
There is no way around it, if you want to lose fat, you will need to restrict your calorie intake on a daily basis. Don’t worry, you won’t need to make too much of a drastic cut, just 250-500 calories a day depending on your weight loss goal.
Remember, your goal is to lose one to two pounds of body weight per week. This is a healthy habit that shouldn’t intervene with your training intensity or frequency. However, if you restrict your calorie intake too much, you will end up losing not only body fat, but precious muscle mass as well. As a result, your health, and your performance, will suffer.
Don’t forget about weight training
Weight training and strength routines play a vital role in helping you achieve your weight loss goals. Firstly, by working on increasing your muscle size, you will prevent the catabolic effect of calorie restriction, and force your muscles to stay, and even grow during this cutting period.
Remember though, cutting periods can impact your energy levels nonetheless, so you want to supplement your workouts with a healthy pre-workout drink to elevate your energy levels and gain the willpower to push through a good weight session.
Secondly, by maintaining your muscle size while cutting, you will be able to lose fat even faster, as muscles require more energy to grow. Not only that, but the fat you do retain will disperse across your frame more evenly, leaving you with a sculpted, well-balanced physique.
Control your portions and eat slowly
This trick has been used by bodybuilders and future brides for years, and it’s quite effective. Simply control your portions, especially when eating at a friend’s house, refrain from reaching for seconds, and you will have an easier time keeping the fat at bay.
Moreover, you want to get in the habit of chewing slowly, minding how much ate so far and really taking the time to enjoy the taste of the food. Not only will this allow you to truly enjoy your meal, but it will also make you feel sated faster. This will prevent you from overeating while allowing you to fuel up for the upcoming workout.
Gaining some unwanted fat around the waistline is quite easy during the holiday season. Some might say it’s even inevitable. However, that doesn’t mean that you can’t pick up right where you left off by incorporating some healthy habits into your daily routine. Be sure to follow these essential tips, and you will be reaching new fitness goals in no time.